What do you need to do before taking your blood pressure?
Before taking your blood pressure:
- Find a quiet place. (You will need to listen for your heartbeat.)
- Roll up the sleeve on your left arm or remove any tight-sleeved clothing, if needed. (It's best to take blood pressure from the left arm, if possible.)
- Rest in a chair next to a table for five to 10 minutes. (Your left arm should rest comfortably at heart level.)
- Sit up straight with your back against the chair, legs uncrossed.
- Rest your forearm on the table with the palm of your hand facing up.
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